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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
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Ranked #61 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We stop here for sushi fixes when visiting Maine. The atmosphere is very quiet and low-key with attentive service. Mostly locals, with some tourists. The sushi is really fresh and carefully prepared; the selection makes the best of availability. Sometimes, something unusual because of the Atlantic just outside the door. On the recommendation of our server, we ordered a lightly... More

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
269 reviews 269 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I - and all your regular customers (as well as all the visitors to this town) - LOVE YOUR SUSHI, LOVE YOUR SASHIMI, LOVE ALL YOUR SALADS AND EVEN LOVE ALL YOUR COOKED FOOD! OH, YES, I - and all your regular customers (as well as all the visitors to this town) - also LOVE ALL YOUR EXCELLENT AND FRIENDLY... More

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main st
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stayed at a near by hotel which made it easy to fine Benkay. We have had sushi in many places even Japan and at Benkay is was one of the best I have ever had. Very good try it I am sure you will like it. What I liked about the restaurant was it was all... More

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Vermont
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Benkay's is located on a relatively quiet side street of Portland with its own parking, and has great traditional atmosphere and traditional sushi. You could get the sushi rolls with the fancy sauces, but this is really the place where you can get the traditional sushi like in the movie about Jiro in Japan. Sat at the sushi bar and... More

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Scarborough, ME
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Everytime we go to Benkay the meal is always exceptional. We ordered the Lobster Sashimi and Tuna Tataki as an appetizer, and had the Thai Snapper sushi and Spicy Scallop roll. The food is always excellent. The wait staff is always friendly and is always there when we need something. Its always a pleasure to eat at Benkay. Benkay is... More

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Portland, Maine
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Terrible customer service, bordering on ignoring us. The rolls were tasteless and poorly wrapped. To make matters worse, the place looked dirty, and the table was sticky with something. I would not go back!

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Portland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Benkay is one of the best sushi restaurants in Maine. The tempura is great and the staff is helpful and friendly. I recommend Benkay for anyone looking to venture into trying sushi or Japanese cooking. Also, feel free to ignore rosen1063's review, I know her personally and she is a crabby old woman who always finds something to complain about.... More

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I am visiting New England for the first time in a long time, this is my first time at Benkay and I absolutely fell in love with the food and the staff. I had the 3 appetizer to start- it blew my mind- it had Salmon ceviche, tuna sashimi with wasabi olive oil and delicious sautéed scallops!! I highly recommend... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I absolutely love the food here. Everything is cooked well and the sushi is fresh. The waitresses are always so kind and helps you to your every need. I highly recommend eating here, you won't regret it. The food is amazing, and you won't be disappointed!

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We found a broken piece of glass in our rice. The waitress was apologetic, but we heard nothing from the management. We couldn't finish most of our food as much of it contained rice, and we were presented with a bill that deducted one appetizer from the total.

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